Bereshis (beh-RAY-shihs) listen
Bereshit (bay-ray-SHEET) listen
Bereishit (bray-SHEET) listen


Example Sentences

  • "My brother is learning Bereshit in his chumash class."

  • "During our last week of dress rehearsals, the director made us start the play over again from Bereishis every time we had a major flub."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בראשית 'lit. in the beginning'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      B'reshit, B'reyshis, Bereishis, Bereishit, Breishit, B'reishit, Bereshit, Breshit, Breishis, B'reishis, Bereshis, Breshis, B'reshis


  • Can also be used informally to mean "[from] the beginning" in general, not only in reading the Pentateuch.

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